LCI to lease six AW139s to Australian Helicopters

LCI has signed an agreement to lease six new AgustaWestland AW139 aircraft to Australian Helicopters Pty Ltd, a member of the Babcock Mission Critical Services Group.

The AW139s will begin to be delivered in 2015 and continue into 2016. All will be operated on behalf of Air Ambulance Victoria and be fitted for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) operations.

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Crispin Maunder, LCI executive chairman, says: “We are delighted to announce this new partnership with Australian Helicopters to support the important work of Air Ambulance Victoria. This innovative lease agreement has enabled a major helicopter operator and emergency service provider to marry new technology airframes with the latest state-of-the-art medical equipment in a most cost-efficient way.”

John Boag, MD of Australian Helicopters, adds: “We are pleased to be working with LCI Helicopters on the provision of new aircraft to support our customer Ambulance Victoria. Air Ambulances save lives, and these aircraft will help us deliver the highest standards of emergency care to the Victorian community.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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